Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News November 11, 2015 – posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.
Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together.

“The heart will break, but broken live on.” 
Lord Byron (1788-1824, bio link)

"You Love The Thunder" Jackson Browne - music link

How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they live in?
After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.

Featured News Links – More news links below
6 hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure at Hialeah Sedano's
7Online WSVN-TV
HIALEAH, Fla. - According to Hialeah Fire Rescue, workers at the Sedano's located near West 76th Street and 31st Avenue were using cleaning equipment at the time of the incident. The store was evacuated while hazmat crews responded to the scene…

Omagh mother issues warning after carbon monoxide scare
The Ulster Herald
An Omagh mother who was at the centre of a carbon monoxide alert has said she feels “lucky to be alive.”

School trip pupils suffer suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after two hours on broken down ...
More than 20 pupils and staff on a school trip suffered suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after sitting for two hours on a broken down coach…

Carbon monoxide leak sends kids to hospital
Emergency and utility crews are looking into the cause of an overnight carbon monoxide leak in a southern Kent County home…

Students evacuated again at MCCTC due to battery smoking
CANFIELD, Ohio - Classes resumed at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Tuesday morning, but not for long…

NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms 
Must not display under 30PPM in normal operation
AT 70, 150 & 400 PPM display must be accurate within plus or minus 30 Percent 

SENSITIVITY TESTING: Resist alarming first times shown, must by second shown time
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 _ 15 MINUTES]

More news links below –

We have all been CO poisoned, some more than others
The following link takes you to a site with views from those who have been poisoned. The seriousness of carbon monoxide poisoning, the grief, suffering and disorientations experienced are clearly portrayed with the intent to help others and prevent future poisonings. With respect, please visit: 

What is in the air you are breathing right now?
What will you be doing today; walking into poison?
Who will be responsible for the air you breathe?
You may be the only person who can prevent your own poisoning. 

We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning.
Everyone has been poisoned by CO and will be poisoned again. The degree of the poisoning depends upon allowing yourself to be in a situation where someone else controls the air you breathe and the mechanisms for alarming notification.

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions that come with the carbon monoxide alarm. Know that if it is a U.L. 2034 Listed product (or CSA 6.19 Listed), it is a high level alarm that has been tested to alarm no sooner than 70 PPM at the lowest (the alarm must resist for one hour when above this level) and when over 400 PPM before 15 minutes at the highest concentration, after resisting alarming for 4 minutes when over this level.

Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be as soon as the gas is present in your presence. Pregnant women, infants & children, people with heart & respiratory struggles, those suffering depression or chronic headaches and all people of vulnerable health should be alerted as soon as the gas begins to concentrate, around 10 PPM (parts per million) or lower.

You most likely need a low level carbon monoxide detector to sound off when carbon monoxide hazards are just beginning, not after you’ve been exposed to levels that make you have headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased tiredness, heart stresses or worse.

Do not take risks with carbon monoxide. Take responsibility for the air you breathe and the combustion systems you are responsible for. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for others, unless you think $45.00, high level protection is good enough.

Help prevent injuries and deaths; don’t guess about carbon monoxide. Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. 
Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO and Air Quality News Links 

Winter and the holidays increase indoor fire risks
Ashland Daily Tidings
It’s funny, but we just don’t have a slow season in Ashland. While we certainly are thankful that the rains have quelled fire season for now and are hopeful for that snowpack we have been lacking for the last couple of years, we now turn our attention to indoor fire hazards…

Silent, fast and deadly: carbon monoxide
St. Albert Gazette
It is mostly found in combustion fumes, produced by burning gas, wood, propane or other fuels as found in cars and trucks, and different gas and heating systems… If a vent is damaged or blocked, or a furnace is not maintained properly, it can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide inside the home. But poisoning from the gas can even happen when people leave their car running inside their garage…

Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Hazard in Your Home
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
The arrival of colder weather means more homes will be turning up the heat with fuel-burning appliances. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Safe Kids Kansas and the Kansas State Fire Marshal encourage Kansans to install Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors outside sleeping areas in your home to protect your family from this odorless and hazardous gas…

Bad air can cause heart attacks
The Courier-Journal
In the study, the Utah-based Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute research team identified a strong association between occurrences of the most dangerous type of heart attacks and the days when the level of the smallest particulates, 2.5 microns or smaller (about 1/30th the diameter of a human hair), were above 25 micrograms per cubic liter of air, equivalent to the yellow or moderate air-quality alert level use by local and federal air quality officials. That's well below the national clean-air standard for daily exposure of 35 micrograms per liter…

New burn laws in effect in Salt Lake County
In an effort to reduce the particulate pollution this winter the Utah Division of AirQuality is reminding everyone about the seasonal bans on solid fuel ...

Sit and rest a while; miss the children, prevent repeating this tragedy. 
Corfu carbon monoxide deaths: Memorial unveiled in Horbury 
BBC News 
A memorial bench to two young children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu has been unveiled in West Yorkshire…

How to use a Fire Extinguisher
In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…

Cdc Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
New Movie Release 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ... 

CO EXperts
Johnson County Kansas - Continuing Education – – Video Link

A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against accute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - has been designed with this in mind – to create a visual, interactive, educational resource which can hopefully end incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives… For more information, please visit - 

Who is responsible for the air you breathe? 
Take control inside your homes. 
-Link to:  CO alarm standards  

The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 carbon monoxide alarm test point is: 
- 70 PPM to 149 PPM –resist one hour, must alarm before 4 hours 
Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions. Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be before 70 PPM. It is for pregnant women, infants & children, the elderly and all people of vulnerable health. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety 

Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems; don't leave anyone behind.

These following links may be of some use to you: 
U.S. Drought Monitor
- Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive
- Current Data for Atmospheric CO2
- Federal Aviation Administration CO warning
- Carbon monoxide toxicity-Emergency Medicine Ireland
- Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.

National Conference of State Legislatures 
Carbon Monoxide Detectors State Statutes 

Twenty-Nine U.S. states have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Updated Nov. 2014
Alaska | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida |
Georgia | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | MassachusettsMichigan |
Minnesota | Montana | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York | 
Red Cross - Disaster Relief to safely assist law enforcement, fire department, utility company, city, county and state authorities as repair and rebuilding moves forward. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Nationally, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by as many as 70,000 fires annually, or about one fire every eight minutes.

The following companies are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for. 
Fieldpiece Instruments 
The Energy Conservatory 
IntelliTec Colleges